Gavin Fry

Gavin Fry

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Approach to teaching

My primary interests are the use of the visual diary as an investigative tool, the process of transcognitivity in practice and the applications of active documentation in studio practice and student learning. I am also interested in pre-institutional factors affecting learning and individual exploration. In the wider field of visual communication I believe that it is important to differentiate between preferences and problems when it comes to instruction and analysis of a students potential and the dialogues that accompany learning.

For a student to acquire useful experiences, and for them to accumulate applicable technical and conceptual skills I think it is vital to provide a structured learning environment that allows for safe expression and reflection. In addition critique is a valuable necessary tool for growth to occur; a student needs to experience learning as a straightforward dialogue between themselves, their cohort and staff but they must feel that they have the right systems and boundaries in place to do this.

By enabling students to become questioning makers and observers we need to equip them within a classroom protocol to be fully aware of their own sense of difference in a post-medium and post-narrative world.




Supervisory Interests

I supervise at PhD level and MA level working with those studying by independent project.

The field of study for supervision must include a practice based element and the subject/topic needs to directly investigate the visual arts/visual communication. My supervisory interests relate to but are not restricted to my own research areas (making and masculinity, textiles and communication) because I teach widely within the very open field of the crafts and arts, and in graphic visual communication but would not want to limit supervision requests. 

Education/Academic qualification


4 Oct 201119 Sep 2018

Award Date: 19 Sep 2018


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • masculinity, textiles, embroidery, motivations, gender, transcognition, active documentation social history, 1980s Britaintextile art, research practice, practice led research, photography, needlework, sculpture, visual diaries.


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